Election 2020: Inside Georgia’s Senate races

The nation will be watching Georgia in 2020. 

With two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot, the state will be have a big say in which party controls that chamber. 

Republican David Perdue currently holds one of the offices. The Democrats recruited Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost a statewide race for governor in 2018, to run against him. But she declined

Here’s a look at the current state of the race for Perdue’s office. 

Who’s running

Perdue is running for a second term that he says will be his last. On the Democratic side are Jon Ossoff, who raised $30 million for his narrow loss in the 2017 6th Congressional District special election; Sarah Riggs Amico, who ran for lieutenant governor in 2018, and Teresa Tomlinson, a former mayor of Columbus. 

>> Read more: Who’s challenging Sen. David Perdue in 2020?

Predictions

Here’s how election forecasters currently rate the race. 

Cook Political Report Inside Elections Sabato's Crystal Ball
Likely Republican Likely Republican Lean Republican
 

Georgia’s special election for the Senate 

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Kelly Loeffler to the U.S. Senate to finish Johnny Isakson’s term. Isakson stepped down because of health issues. Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins will challenge her along with Democrats Raphael Warnock, who is pastor at Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Atlanta church, Matt Lieberman, an entrepreneur and son of former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and Ed Tarver, who served as a U.S. attorney during the Obama administration.

>> Kelly Loeffler says she’ll erect a $20 million wall to fend off challengers

>> Kemp taps Kelly Loeffler, financial exec, to US Senate seat

Loeffler will run in a special election set for November 2020 that will pit candidates from all political parties on the same ballot. In the event that no candidate wins a majority of the votes in that contest, which is unlikely, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held Jan. 5, 2021. The winner of that election will serve the final two years of Isakson’s term, which ends in 2023. Some state lawmakers are working to pass a bill that would set up a primary in May 2020. Kemp has vowed to veto that bill. 

Headlines

>> Trump-Perdue bond reaches milestone and shapes Georgia Senate race

>> African Americans key to Democrats’ hopes but absent in Ga. Senate race

>> A Stacey Abrams-less Georgia Senate race is about to heat up

>> Inside David Perdue’s 2020 race for another U.S. Senate term

History

In 1990, Democrats had such a stranglehold on the state that Republicans did not nominate a candidate to run against Sam Nunn, who had held the seat since 1973. Six years later when Nunn retired, Democrats barely held the seat. In the following election, in 2002, Republicans won it and have held it since. 

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